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About Us

We are Save the Children

In over 100 countries, we support children to transform their lives. We've been working for a fairer world for a century. Discover the values, history and people that make us who we are.

HELPING CHILDREN CHANGE THE FUTURE WE ALL SHARE

Baraka, 7, and Kibonge, 4, sit smiling outside their tent in a camp near Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu

Baraka, 7, and Kibonge, 4, sit smiling outside their tent in a camp near Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu

We're working alongside children in 122 countries, including the UK.

With global Save the Children members, we have three big goals.

Our shared ambition is that by 2030;

  • no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday
  • all children learn from a quality basic education
  • violence against children is no longer tolerated.

We tackle big problems. Every child isn't defined by their situation, but by what’s possible. By who they are. By what they can be.

    

WHAT WE DO

Every child has the right to learn. Every child should have good food to fuel their imagination. Every child should have medicine when they're sick. 

For over 100 years, we've fought for a fairer world for children.

Together with families, supporters and partners, we work to help every child become who they want to be.

In Britain, we’re using apps to help parents support early learning. In Rwanda, we’ve kickstarted a reading revolution. With GSK, we’ve developed an antiseptic gel that could save half a million babies' lives.

Save the Children’s work is only possible thanks to our 5 million UK supporters and their amazing commitment – from wearing a Christmas jumper to running our local shops to organising fundraising events.

FATIMA'S STORY

Fatima with her mother
Fatima after treatment

At nine months old, severe malnutrition left Fatima too weak to stand. Her mum took her to a Save the Children-supported health centre where Fatima got urgent treatment and food. Now, she's thriving, walking and playing with her big sister.

    

WHO WE ARE

Over 100 years ago, our founder Eglantyne Jebb imagined a better world for children. Today, children's potential to change the world is at the heart of our global movement.

It's behind everything we say and do - as reflected in our strategy.

With a worldwide staff of around 24,000, we're working to change the future for good. Our UK leadership shapes our goals and ensures we achieve them, and is held accountable by our board of trustees

Our incredible volunteers run 120 shops, organise 300 local fundraising branches & put on amazing events around Britain. 

And we're working for a better world with celebrities, corporate partners, trusts and institutions. Together we can do so much more than acting alone.

VANILLA FOR CHANGE

We teamed up with Walls, Unilever & Symrise to empower young people like Bolo in vanilla farming communities in Madagascar to earn a sustainable living.

    

OUR HISTORY

In May 1919, our organisation was born to save the lives of children left to starve in the ruins of post-war Europe. 

But to do that, our founder Eglantyne Jebb needed to change the way the world looked at children altogether.​

She did. Before long, Jebb inspired people from Washington to Wellington to help those who were, until recently, the children of their ‘enemies’. 

She brought an entirely fresh perspective to children’s situation and created new possibilities to support them.​

Today, we’re the world’s leading independent children’s organisation. We’re still helping transform children’s lives...

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